One way to master the 1700s timeline is to figure out how old Benjamin Franklin was at that age. Understanding Ben’s life is like understanding the 17th century because he invented so many things and he was at so many important events. Ben was born on Jan 17, 1706 – so to find out how old Ben was at a certain date – just subtract 6 from it.
How old was Ben when he signed the declaration of Independence? (70)
How old was Ben when he died on April 17, 1790? (84)
How old would Ben be now? (302)
When was the constitution ratified? (1787, when a feeble Benjamin Franklin had this famous speech read?